The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 8,769
    - 3,360

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 7,285
    - 2,699


    Running back

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  3. 3
    + 7,080
    - 2,238


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,598
    - 3,099


    Quarterback

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  5. 5
    + 5,231
    - 2,376


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 4,640
    - 2,341


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 4,026
    - 1,717


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  8. 8
    + 4,755
    - 1,829


    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  9. 9
    + 5,713
    - 4,134

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  10. 10
    + 4,059
    - 1,963


    Linebacker

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  11. 11
    + 3,981
    - 1,770


    Running back

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  12. 12
    + 3,898
    - 2,197


    Quarterback

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  13. 13
    + 5,987
    - 4,258

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 3,877
    - 1,848


    Quarterback

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  15. 15
    + 3,754
    - 1,789


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,426
    - 1,511


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 3,629
    - 902

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,061
    - 1,172


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  19. 19
    + 2,942
    - 1,226


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  20. 20
    + 3,036
    - 1,503


    Linebacker, Center

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  21. 21
    + 3,018
    - 1,392


    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 2,670
    - 1,596

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,204
    - 1,129


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 2,831
    - 965

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,329
    - 1,032


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,134
    - 836


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,577
    - 1,358


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,087
    - 1,326


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 1,723
    - 839


    Running back

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  30. 30
    + 2,109
    - 1,203


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 1,694
    - 1,006


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  32. 32
    + 1,793
    - 1,036

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Linebacker

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  33. 33
    + 1,399
    - 509

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  34. 34
    + 1,418
    - 452

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  35. 35
    + 1,645
    - 941


    Quarterback

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  36. 36
    + 1,421
    - 522

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  37. 37
    + 1,569
    - 762


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  38. 38
    + 1,837
    - 1,005


    Quarterback

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  39. 39
    + 2,073
    - 1,024


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 1,775
    - 938


    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 1,429
    - 897


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  42. 42
    + 1,594
    - 990


    Running back, Return specialist

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  43. 43
    + 1,442
    - 787


    Free Safety

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  44. 44
    + 1,632
    - 1,101

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  45. 45
    + 1,391
    - 574

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  46. 46
    + 1,768
    - 1,104


    Quarterback

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  47. 47
    + 1,509
    - 797


    Tight end

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  48. 48
    + 858
    - 270

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  49. 49
    + 1,203
    - 806

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cornerback

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  50. 50
    + 1,809
    - 977


    Quarterback

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